It’s the longest night of the year; the beginning of Winter; the time to turn in toward hearth and toward heart. Be with family, close friends, and most importantly be with your inner self.
Examine and reclaim your soul.
So many of my clients come in this time of year feeling worn out and overwhelmed by the level of activity that our culture creates during the holidays. Worse, they feel guilty for just wanting to go home and sleep.
Remember that guilt is something people do to themselves, so just let that go. To make that easier, please understand that this time of year our biology drives us to crawl into our dens, eat warm comforting foods, and sleep more.
In Winter, which solstice begins, nature goes into dormancy, rest, hibernation. Bears sleep. Sap runs to the roots in trees. Squirrels eat and eat to get fat for the colder months ahead. People build fires in the home and cook warm, heavier foods. It’s perfectly natural to want to stay in and rest.
And it’s my contention that it’s vital to honor that desire. It’s at year’s end, during winter, that we can look in and take stock of our actions in the past 12 months. What served our goals, nurtured out dreams, healed our wounds, cultivated relationships? What did not? Sort it out quietly in a comfy chair while the cold winds blow and release into the flames of the hearth fire what needs let go. Then let the good remain to warm your heart.
Sleep and good food and warmth will restore you.
And when Spring comes you’ll be equal (Equinox) to the task of blooming and creating again.
Happy Solstice. Winter Peace. Many Blessings.